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Our top exhibition picks for 2015

February 22nd, 2015 4:00 pm


Introduce some culture and art in to your 2015 by visiting our top exhibitions for the up and coming year. Based around the world and the UK, we hope you enjoy our favourite 6.

YSL – Style is eternal

The Bowes Museum, County Durham, 11 July-25 October

“Fashion fades, style is eternal” said Yves Saint Laurent, and this exhibition is a perfect example of just that. YSL has been dressing women since the 1950s, and this exhibition is a fine collection of his work and the influences behind it, including over 5,000 items and 15,000 drawings, notes and accessories.

Guy Bourdin – Image Maker

Somerset House, London, 27 Nov – 15 March

One of the most important photographers the fashion world has produced, Bordin made photography an art form in its own right, not just a way to present a brand or item. His exhibition includes over 100 of his key works including works-in-progress, notebooks, paintings and short films.

Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty

The V&A, London – 14 March – 19 July

Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential designers of his generation and his influence on the fashion industry is not to be understated. This V&A exhibition has already been extended due to demand as it is one of the most popular it has ever hosted, so don’t miss out!

Jeff Koons

The Pompidou Centre, Paris – 26 Nov 14 – 27 April 15

There is a reason Jeff Koons is generally described as one of the USA’s most controversial artists, and this collection reflecting  an amazing variety of subjects, themes, materials, intended audiences, and purposes shows why. Anna visited the exhibition herself whilst in New York and became a fan immediately .

Jeanne Lanvin

The Palais Galliera- 7 March – 23 Aug

The Palais Galleria’s celebration of the oldest French fashion company still in production is a gorgeous timeline of over 100 outfits, produced by Lanvin herself between 1909 and 1946, along with numerous accessories and sketches.

Dries Van Noten

MoMu museum, Antwerp – 13 Feb – 19 July

Dries Van Noten is known for taking inspiration for his designs from anything and everything which makes for a very interesting and beautiful exhibition of the Belgian designers creations, the way he works and the themes he covers.

For more info see our Exhibition Guide here




Angela Howell – Interior designer

February 18th, 2015 4:43 pm


Anna’s friend and interior designer Angela Howell has recently launched her own website showcasing her interior design work and projects. With a background in fine art, design and styling she applies a creative approach to design for interiors.

Angela has worked on projects for publications such as Elle Decoration, Living Etc, The Sunday Times and The Observer magazines. She also finds time to teach computer-aided design at The Interior Design School in London.

Anna collaborated with Angela on her home renovation, which involved incorporating Anna’s love of bold colour, texture and pattern. Anna added inspiration from her worldwide travels, showcasing her exotic and eclectic tastes through various purchases bought from across the world. I’m sure from the pictures below you’d agree both ladies have created a luxurious and loving home.

Visit Angela’s website here and check out her amazing and creative interior design portfolio including Anna’s home




This Girl Can

January 19th, 2015 5:03 pm


Sport England has created a national campaign entitled ‘This Girl Can’, which celebrates active women of all shapes, sizes, abilities and ethnicity. These women are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red and sweaty their faces get.

This inspiring campaign is here to hopefully encourage women to wiggle and jiggle, move, and prove that the fear of judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

It is refreshing to see an advert that is aimed at women, to encourage them to get active and fit for all the right reasons instead of trying to alter their body image dramatically and dangerously. The video below is inspirational, motivational and representative of every girl that is active up and down the UK. Its aim is not just about weight loss or crazy dieting techniques- as it proves , it’s about sweating it out, exercising without judgement and having fun with it whilst getting strong and fit.

The video was only published on 12 January and it’s already had over 2 million views on YouTube proving just how powerful this message really is.

Any woman can set her own goals and challenge herself whether her thing is Zumba, Netball, Running or Yoga. We believe, as well as This Girl Can that it’s about having fun and maintaining a positive and healthy attitude towards sport and your body image. Nothing should ever be about how to simply achieve a narrow beauty standard that is classed as the norm in today’s society. It finally seems like more people in positions of influence and power are realising this. We fully support this brilliant campaign and can’t wait to see more.





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